News: Marines master skills in Korea
TONGHYEON-RI, Republic of Korea -- Marines rehearsed a forward movement operation July 15 in Tonghyeon-ri, Republic of Korea during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 12-7.
The Marines first established forward radio communications on an artillery range. After proper communications were set up, everything was taken down and rehearsed again.
“Right now, we are leapfrogging from site to site.” said First Sgt. James Willeford, the battery first sergeant with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “In a true combat environment, this process would have to take place three times a day.”
The rehearsal is critical training as it allows the Marines to master their craft and, ultimately, makes the operation run smoothly.
“While posting security, you prepare the Marines by giving them examples of what may happen if combat ever does occur; they will know what they’re doing.” said Sgt. Mose Kitiona, a supply chief with the regiment. “This exercise gave the Marines both extra knowledge and the right mindset.”
The rehearsal gave the Marines the confidence and knowledge they would need to carry out the same procedure in a real world scenario.
“Any coach on any team wants their players to be the best they can be. Our contribution to the game is artillery.” said Willeford. “I want my Marines to feel confident and competent and feeling like they have achieved something worthwhile while contributing to the safety of the American people.”
KMEP 12-7, which will continue until August 14, will include participation from the 8th Artillery Battalion, ROK Marine Corps. The overarching goal of the exercise is to enhance combined capabilities and improve tactical interoperability of both the ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces.
Date Posted:07.18.2012 21:30
Location:TONGHYEON-RI, 26, KR
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